Best Colleges In Dharamshala And Surrounding Area

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Best Colleges In and Around Dharamshala

Gourav J

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin.

Himachal is home to a lot of very well renowned and easily affordable educational institutions and Dharamshala is one of the most famous educational hubs of Himachal. Can you imagine that Dharamshala has two colleges, one university, one university camp office and a whole education board within a 1-kilometre radius? How crazy is that? Other than that, if you can just imagine waking up to a glorious view of mighty Dhauladhars and studying in the lap of wonderful mother nature, I can personally attest that that is precisely what it feels like to study Colleges in Dharamshala. And it’s not just the beauty of nature but the great quality of education which may entice you to think of Dharamshala as a viable option for your higher education.

Let’s talk about the ‘most important aspect of a young person’s life, Shall we? I’m sure you’d all agree with me when I say it’s EDUCATION. Throughout our entire childhood life, education builds us as people. It plays the role of almost a third parent in every individual’s life.

People spend most part of their adolescent and teenage life studying in educational institutes. Education shapes our entire perception of ourselves and the world as a whole. It helps us understand everything about life so it won’t be wrong to say that education literally makes us who and what we are.

With rapidly growing competition in the world, quality education has become a supreme necessity of modern-day. From preschool till college, parents try to provide their kids with the best possible education. Some people focus on it so much that they even choose preschools after vast research.

Recently, due to an increase in awareness (because of the internet), not only parents but kids have started paying a lot of attention to all this. They themselves are putting in a lot of research to find resources that are best for them.

Teenagers are looking for colleges that are best in terms of education, are pocket friendly, loaded with options for the best exposure and are well established, all at the same time. Let me tell you, finding all of these qualities in a single place is not as easy as it may seem but we’ve got you covered. 

Let’s have a look at the best colleges in Dharamshala (with extremely pocket-friendly fee structures, great campuses and awesome vicinities):

1. Government PG College, Dharamshala:

With a rich magnificent history of ninety years (in 2022), the foundation stone of the college was laid on May 4th, 1912. This college is famously known as the first and oldest government college in Himachal Pradesh. It shares its boundary with the International Cricket Stadium, Dharamshala.

Apparently, it was the first college in the state to introduce the faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce and also Post Graduation in different subjects. The library of the college is fully computerised, spacious and the largest in the state with online access to all your favourite books. In accordance with changing educational needs, courses like BBA, MBA, PGDCA, BCA and MCA are also a part of the curriculum of the college.

The college offers graduation in 21 different subjects. It also has an IGNOU study centre which offers more than 25 courses in various disciplines. Subjects like Geology, Commercial Art, Painting, Psychology, Philosophy, and Honours in Economics, Geography and Physics are the major attractions of college. The college has various cells to address the concerns of students and clubs for co-curricular activities.

The college also provides a residential facility for the boy as well as girl students. Girls’ Hostel Of GDC Dharamshala is within a two-minute walking distance from the college. The fee structure of the college is in accordance with the norms of HP University. 

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Affiliated to: HPU, Shimla.

Address: Govt Degree College Dharamshala,

Distt: Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Pin Code: 176215

2. Government College of Teacher Education, Dharamshala:

Vision: “Inclusive and Quality Teacher Education for Excellence”

This college was founded in 1956. It is popularly known as the second-best B.Ed college in the state. With Government PG College Dharamshala on one side and Central University of Himachal Pradesh Dhauladhar Campus on the other, it also shares its boundary with International Cricket Stadium.

The motto of the college is “development of the personalities of existing and future teachers through physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development for laying the foundation for lifetime learning and character-building”. GCTE offers a 2-year B.Ed course and is recognised by NCTE, New Delhi. The fee structure of this college is also in accordance with the norms of HP University. 

Affiliated to: HPU, Shimla.

Address: Govt. College of Teacher Education, Dharamshala,

Distt: Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

3. Central University Of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala:

Vision: “CUHP strives for Inclusive Access to Excellence in Higher Education and Research to emerge as the Premier University of the Country at par with the best Universities of the World in terms of Programme Offerings, Curricular Framework, Pedagogy, Research, Publications and Integration with the World of Work”.

The Central University of Himachal Pradesh came into existence and became functional very recently in 2010. It doesn’t have a permanent campus yet but the quality of education is marvellous.

According to the official website of the University, “in due course of time, the University will grow to have purpose-built, state of the art 150-acre campus in Dharamshala and a 900-acre campus in Dehra (Kangra) and will have 17 Schools of Studies with nearly 90 Departments of Studies and about 50 Centres of Studies”.

The University currently operates from two temporary campuses (one in Dehra and another one in Dharamshala, both in district Kangra, HP) with 11 schools of study. Most of the courses offered by the University are of Masters’s level with an exception of Vocational courses which are available for Bachelor’s level students too.

The Camp Office (headquarters) of the university is also in Dharamshala (right in front of the HP Board of Secondary Education). The university provides hostel facilities for both girl and boy students. Girls’ Hostel is near Post Office Dharamshala and the Boys’ Hostel is in Kangra. The fee structure of the university is in accordance with the norms of UGC.

Address: Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala,

Distt: Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Pin Code: 176215

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4. National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kangra:

Vision: “a learning experience of the highest standards in fashion pertaining to design, technology and management and encourage our remarkably creative student body to draw inspiration from India’s textiles and crafts while focusing on emerging global trends relevant to the industries we serve.

The 26 acres wide Kangra campus of NIFT was inaugurated on 5th August 2009. NIFT accepts admissions only on the basis of the Entrance Test. Apparently, this institute plays an important role in contributing to various segments of the textile, apparel, lifestyle accessories, and fashion communication industry.

NIFT Kangra offers 05 UG and 01 PG Programme. According to the institute website, “NIFT Kangra has initiated interventions at several Craft Clusters, in Himachal Pradesh as well as in Punjab.

A few prominent Craft Clusters are Chamba Rumal and Chamba Leather Juti in Chamba, Kullu Shawls and Jewellery in Kullu, Phulkari in Amritsar, Durries in Amritsar and Wood inlay in Hoshiarpur..” NIFT Kangra provides hostel facilities for girls. The Girls’ Hostel of NIFT Kangra is probably the biggest hostel in Dharamshala.

Affiliated to: NIFT, New Delhi.

Address: NIFT Campus, Chheb,

Distt: Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Pin Code: 176001

5. HPU  Regional Centre Dharamshala:

The Regional Centre of HPU came into existence in 1992. It was established to provide a better quality Post graduation level education to the students hailing from remote areas of Himachal Pradesh.

The highlights of this educational institute are Three year BA LLB course, for which students are considered via University level entrance exam, MBA, MCA and selected subjects, which will be introduced sometime soon.

For now, there are 12 Departments which are fully functional at the HPU Regional centre. The final campus of the Regional Centre is still a work in progress and will soon witness the addition of an auditorium, hostels, residential complexes and much more. The fee structure of HPU Regional Centre is in accordance with the norms of HP University.

Affiliated to: HPU, Shimla.

Address: H.P.University Regional Centre, Mohli, Khaniyara, Dharamshala.

Distt: Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Other than these major higher educational institutes, a few more unique colleges worth checking out in Dharamshala, are as follows:

6. Dayalbagh Education Institute:

Address: Satsang Ghar, 280, Civil Lines, Opposite Centre Point Kangra,

Distt: Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Pin Code: 176215

7. Namgyal Tantric College:

Address: Namgyal Monastery Mcleodganj, Dharamsala,

Distt: Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Pin Code: 176219

8. MCM DAV College, Kangra:

Address: NH-88, Near Gandhi Ground, Kangra,

Distt: Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Pin Code: 176001

Note: The websites of all of the above-mentioned higher educational institutes are fairly simple to use and the rest of the information (in detail) can be accessed with ease.